cli·ché also cliche (kl-sh)
1. A trite or overused expression or idea: "Even while the phrase was degenerating to cliché in ordinary public use . . . scholars were giving it increasing attention" Anthony Brandt.
2. A person or character whose behavior is predictable or superficial: "There is a young explorer . . . who turns out not to be quite the cliche expected" John Crowley.
[French, past participle of clicher, to stereotype (imitative of the sound made when the matrix is dropped into molten metal to make a stereotype plate).]
Synonyms: cliché, bromide, commonplace, platitude, truism
These nouns denote an expression or idea that has lost its originality or force through overuse: a short story weakened by clichés; the old bromide that we are what we eat; uttered the commonplace "welcome aboard"; a eulogy full of platitudes; a once-original thought that has become a truism.
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Noun 1. cliche - a trite or obvious remark
banality, commonplace, platitude, bromide
comment, remark - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
truism - an obvious truth
We all know and no doubt love clichés, but much of our life has become cliché without being truth, I've noticed that in movies from the beginning there are few really original ones most are a merre copy or dare I say clichés of each other. It's called genre, but golly, I put on a movie listed as: "an interesting study of southern life in the 1950's... and I find it's just another boring "cat on a hot tin roof/Streetcar/long hot summer, where there is no action except in the 'heads' of the actors(?) characterized by long smoldering looks at each other. Now the cliche movie is swearing dialog, lots of gunfire and gory death, car crashes and theft of ever increasing amounts of money, (YAWN) "How cliché, sigh."